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Puppy Love! Doris Day Auction benefits animals

The auction of the late actress Doris Day’s personal belongings, including four Golden Globe awards and gifts from her son, Rock Hudson and singer Tony Bennett, raised millions for her favorite cause — helping animals.Doris Day loved animals. “They gi…

Spring Jewelry Trends Are Totally ’80s

Styles reviving the decade include jewelry fashioned from natural elements like wood, leather, horn, and seashells, vividly hued statement pieces, over-sized chains and pearls.Jay Feinberg (Strongwater) resin bead and rhinestone necklace, 1980s.One of …

Vintage Stoves Hot Topic for Collector

Vintage stove collection consists of 19th and early 20th century models, advertising and premiums.Made for heating a room, this Royal Red Cross coal-burning base burner stove features an ornate knight in armor on horseback atop the stove. The author fo…

The Wonderfully Odd World of French Artist J. J. Grandville

With its dreamy images and diverse cast of anthropomorphic characters, Grandville created a world like no others and his work was a major precursor to the Surrealist movement.“The Wanderings of a Comet,” from Another World, 1844. Another World is one o…

Pandemic Sickens Antique Business

Uncertainty rules Antiques and Collectibles market as traditional business model shudders under weight of coronavirus cancellations.Featuring 5,000 dealers, Brimfield Antique Flea Markets is believed to be the most popular and largest such event in the…

Cinema On Paper: One of World’s Largest Movie Poster Collections Showcased in New Book

Dwight Cleveland was first intrigued by movie posters some 40 years ago in high school. More than 45,000 posters later, his remarkable collection dazzles in a new book that spans more than a century of film history.Cinema On Paper: The Graphic Genius o…

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Editor’s Note: The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) provides listservs for the benefits of its members. ASA understands the importance of keeping members connected by creating an online community allowing members to engage, connect and pr…

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Editor’s Note: The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) provides listservs for the benefits of its members. ASA understands the importance of keeping members connected by creating an online community allowing members to engage, connect and pr…

Join Us for Our New Wednesday Webinars

WorthPoint subscribers who seek pointers for using the site’s array of online tools are encouraged to register for our free new series of Wednesday Webinars.
The first batch of topical weekly conversations is now set, with the debut webinar already …

There Is Nothing Puzzling About It

Advance puzzle collectors focus on puzzles made before 1940. A lot of 16 puzzles from the 30s and 40s sold for $84.99 in 2018.

The April 3, 2020, Wall Street Journal contained Michael M. Phillips’ article entitled “Coronavirus Means Everyone Wants Ji…

Owning a Little Piece of a Star

John Wayne’s legendary estate auction (held over 2 days) was heavily advertised in 2011. His driver’s license alone sold for almost $90,000.

We’ve all watched as many, many collectibles have dropped in value over the past decades, largely due to wo…

Happy Victorian Easter!

What could be more whimsical, more joyous than a turn of the 20th century Easter postcard? Anthropomorphic bunnies, lambs, chicken, and ducks, clothed in human clothes, participating in human activities melted Victorian hearts with their human-like ant…

Happy Victorian Easter!

What could be more whimsical, more joyous than a turn of the 20th century Easter postcard? Anthropomorphic bunnies, lambs, chicken, and ducks, clothed in human clothes, participating in human activities melted Victorian hearts with their human-like ant…

Thomas Doughty, Printmaker

While Lucien Bonaparte was finishing Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology, and John James Audubon was beginning his great projects, John and Thomas Doughty produced a book, Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations, tha…

Thomas Doughty, Printmaker

While Lucien Bonaparte was finishing Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology, and John James Audubon was beginning his great projects, John and Thomas Doughty produced a book, Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations, tha…

Brimfield Cancels May Event

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, one of the largest and most popular outdoor antique shows in the country, has cancelled its May 12-17 event over concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.Featuring 5,000 dealers, Brimfield Antique Flea Markets is believed to…

Brimfield Cancels May Event

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, one of the largest and most popular outdoor antique shows in the country, has cancelled its May 12-17 event over concerns of the coronavirus pandemic.Featuring 5,000 dealers, Brimfield Antique Flea Markets is believed to…

The Imaginative Realism of Photographer Berenice Abbott

Best known for her documentary series “Changing New York,” Berenice Abbot was one of the most respected and pioneering photographers of the twentieth century.Berenice Abbott, 1930s; photographer unknown.Berenice Abbott once had no ambition other than t…

The Imaginative Realism of Photographer Berenice Abbott

Best known for her documentary series “Changing New York,” Berenice Abbot was one of the most respected and pioneering photographers of the twentieth century.Berenice Abbott, 1930s; photographer unknown.Berenice Abbott once had no ambition other than t…

Flower Jewelry Trending at Ruby Lane

Show off your love of flowers with beautiful jewelry at Ruby Lane.If you love all things floral, and while you’re waiting for all of the real flowers to bloom, celebrate spring’s arrival with one (or more) of the many pieces of beautiful flower jewelry…

Flower Jewelry Trending at Ruby Lane

Show off your love of flowers with beautiful jewelry at Ruby Lane.If you love all things floral, and while you’re waiting for all of the real flowers to bloom, celebrate spring’s arrival with one (or more) of the many pieces of beautiful flower jewelry…

Heritage Names Lucky $10K Winner

Heritage Auctions awards $10k auction credit to numismatics collector.DALLAS – Following a tradition that has grown for more than 20 years, Heritage Auctions has awarded a $10,000 auction credit to client Steven Wilson through a drawing among collector…

Heritage Names Lucky $10K Winner

Heritage Auctions awards $10k auction credit to numismatics collector.DALLAS – Following a tradition that has grown for more than 20 years, Heritage Auctions has awarded a $10,000 auction credit to client Steven Wilson through a drawing among collector…

The WorthPoint Vault – Beta Testing

Welcome to the WorthPoint Vault demo.

NOTE: These are the transcripts from a recorded Webinar demonstration. More information about our webinars will be posted at the bottom of this page along with the video replay.
Great Grandma’s frying pan.
I’m …

An American Pocket globe, Holbrook 3 inch hemispheric globe

     The traditional pocket globe is an English creation of the 17th century, a small 2-3 inch globe usually ensconced in a fish skin case, sometimes a small walnut box.  They are wonderful and highly sought.  However I’m not writing about those gems t…

Effectively Working From Home Without Losing Your Mind

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have a position that allows us to work from home consistently, nothing has changed over the last few weeks. Working from home under “shelter in place” directives and self-imposed quarantines doesn’t feel t…

Effectively Working From Home Without Losing Your Mind

For those of us who are fortunate enough to have a position that allows us to work from home consistently, nothing has changed over the last few weeks. Working from home under “shelter in place” directives and self-imposed quarantines doesn’t feel t…

Great Discoveries: Salvador Dalí Double Take

Dante’s Confession. Photo credit: The Salvador Dali Society.

In last week’s WorthPoint Insider, Kele Johnson reported on news from North Carolina about a recent thrift store jackpot discovered amid the “tacky-on-steroids” assemblage of framed art.
As…

Great Discoveries: Salvador Dalí Double Take

Dante’s Confession. Photo credit: The Salvador Dali Society.

In last week’s WorthPoint Insider, Kele Johnson reported on news from North Carolina about a recent thrift store jackpot discovered amid the “tacky-on-steroids” assemblage of framed art.
As…

WorthPoint® Hires Wayne Jordan as Senior Editor

WorthPoint’s new senior editor, Wayne Jordan.

Atlanta-based WorthPoint Corporation has hired Wayne Jordan as senior editor.
Jordan joins the WorthPoint team full-time after serving as a contributing writer since 2012. He will be responsible for manag…

How Do I Know If Porcelain Has Been Damaged and Repaired?

Prior damage can negatively affect the value of an item, but it doesn’t mean that items with repairs and restoration are not worth your time. A Meissen figure with a repair on the sheep’s horn sold for $281 in 2016.

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How Do I Know If Porcelain Has Been Damaged and Repaired?

Prior damage can negatively affect the value of an item, but it doesn’t mean that items with repairs and restoration are not worth your time. A Meissen figure with a repair on the sheep’s horn sold for $281 in 2016.

“Why are you rubbing that Meissen …

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TweetMaking the most of your membership to better position your practice or career post-pandemic recovery.

—By Sarah Sebastian, CAE, Director of Membership

As the entire world pauses to address the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic instabi…

The Museum of Clean Video

As the world struggles with the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Museum of Clean gives us the dirt on how to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit. It also has a lot of cool old vacuum cleaners.Don Aslett’s time has arrived. The world’s largest janitor greets…

O’Keeffe’s Art and Other Belongings Sell For Over $17 Million at Sotheby’s

Never-before-seen artworks and personal effects from the estate of Georgia O’Keefe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz sell way above pre-sale estimates.O’Keeffe’s painting, Nature Forms ~ Gaspé, sold at Sotheby’s for $6.9 million.Georgia O’Keeffe still h…

George E. Ohr: The Mad Potter

The innovative American Arts and Crafts ceramics artist George E. Ohr was a wildly eccentric, artistically brilliant man.George E. Ohr.Some people are so far ahead of their time that it takes a long time for the rest of the world to catch up to them. I…

Japanese Firemen’s Coats Ablaze with Symbolism

During the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868), folklore heroes and mythological beasts decorated the uniforms of firefighters.This 19th-century coat is decorated with a tiger and dragon motif. In Japanese lore, the tiger and dragon are the mightiest anima…

Japanese Firemen’s Coats Ablaze with Symbolism

During the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868), folklore heroes and mythological beasts decorated the uniforms of firefighters.This 19th-century coat is decorated with a tiger and dragon motif. In Japanese lore, the tiger and dragon are the mightiest anima…

Mysterious Medieval Tapestries Depict Unicorn Hunt

“The Unicorn Tapestries” were created between 1495-1505 and are among the most mysterious artworks, in both meaning and origin.Tapestry 1: Hunters Enter the Woods. This tapestry of a group of noblemen and hunters, like “The Unicorn in Captivity,” is se…

Mysterious Medieval Tapestries Depict Unicorn Hunt

“The Unicorn Tapestries” were created between 1495-1505 and are among the most mysterious artworks, in both meaning and origin.Tapestry 1: Hunters Enter the Woods. This tapestry of a group of noblemen and hunters, like “The Unicorn in Captivity,” is se…

The Artful Life of Georgia O’Keeffe

Best known for her paintings of the natural environment, pioneering artist Georgia O’Keeffe stripped her subjects to their purest forms and colors to heighten their expressive power.Georgia O’Keeffe next to her painting Horse Skull with White Rose at a…

California Raisins

A fruitful career for the singing, dancing, anthropomorphized California Raisins began with a 1986 TV ad.A group of singing, dancing, anthropomorphized raisins launched a sensational career after singing the 1968 Marvin Gaye song, “I Heard It Through t…

California Raisins

A fruitful career for the singing, dancing, anthropomorphized California Raisins began with a 1986 TV ad.A group of singing, dancing, anthropomorphized raisins launched a sensational career after singing the 1968 Marvin Gaye song, “I Heard It Through t…

Expert: Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Are Forgeries

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., where a collection of Dead Sea Scroll fragments are on exhibit.

In February 2019, Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible (MOTB) hired Art Fraud Insights LLC to analyze their collection of Dead Sea Scroll frag…

Expert: Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Are Forgeries

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., where a collection of Dead Sea Scroll fragments are on exhibit.

In February 2019, Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible (MOTB) hired Art Fraud Insights LLC to analyze their collection of Dead Sea Scroll frag…

What’s Happening at WorthPoint: Have You Seen Our New Dictionary Pages?

Here is a sample entry from our new WorthPoint® Dictionary. Give it a try today and let us know what you think!

Over the last few months, we’ve been rolling out a great new resource on WorthPoint.com. You may have already stumbled across our Dictiona…

What’s Happening at WorthPoint: Have You Seen Our New Dictionary Pages?

Here is a sample entry from our new WorthPoint® Dictionary. Give it a try today and let us know what you think!

Over the last few months, we’ve been rolling out a great new resource on WorthPoint.com. You may have already stumbled across our Dictiona…

Great Discoveries: A $10 Thrift Store Picture Turned Out to Be a Rare Salvador Dali Work Worth $1200

Woodcut Print by Salvador Dalí. Photo: Wavy 10 News

Most thrifters would probably agree that the generally beat up, picked over, tacky-on-steroids art section of the thrift store is the last place you’d think to score something fabulous.
“It’s the ty…

Great Discoveries: A $10 Thrift Store Picture Turned Out to Be a Rare Salvador Dali Work Worth $1200

Woodcut Print by Salvador Dalí. Photo: Wavy 10 News

Most thrifters would probably agree that the generally beat up, picked over, tacky-on-steroids art section of the thrift store is the last place you’d think to score something fabulous.
“It’s the ty…

My Recent Buy: Not A Jeannie Most People Dream About

Jeannie, fresh as a daisy
Just love how she obeys me
Does things that just amaze me so
I Dream of Jeannie television theme song, lyrics by Hugo Montenegro

When I passed this pin up, a nagging voice in the back of my head repeated over and over again –…

My Recent Buy: Not A Jeannie Most People Dream About

Jeannie, fresh as a daisy
Just love how she obeys me
Does things that just amaze me so
I Dream of Jeannie television theme song, lyrics by Hugo Montenegro

When I passed this pin up, a nagging voice in the back of my head repeated over and over again –…

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Johnnie White, CEO – American Society of Appraisers

Johnnie White, CEO of American Society of Appraisers spoke with Herb Cohen on Executive Leaders Radio about how his upbringing and family relationships had given him the tools to continue t…

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ASA International Past President, Ronald M. Seaman, FASA, passed away at 88 years old on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Ron was the founder/president of Southland Business Group. He graduated Harvard University with an MBA, received a Bachelor’s De…

Thrift Shop Decisions Can Turn Into Real Brain Teasers

Writer and thrift shop junkie Eric Bradley is attracted to everything from vintage slot machines to Staffordshire porcelain to tilt-top tea tables to taxidermy. But why? Turns out, the rush of finding a treasure has less to do with our heart and more t…

Woody Auctioning Important American Brilliant Cut Glass Collections

American Brilliant Cut Glass lots include punch bowls, ice cream trays, vases, decanters, more than 60 color pieces, and rare patterns.One of the expected star lots is this ABCG round dresser box in a solid gold color with gilt metal fittings, attribut…

Woody Auctioning Important American Brilliant Cut Glass Collections

American Brilliant Cut Glass lots include punch bowls, ice cream trays, vases, decanters, more than 60 color pieces, and rare patterns.One of the expected star lots is this ABCG round dresser box in a solid gold color with gilt metal fittings, attribut…

A Giant Among Minifigures

Brilliant LEGO toy creator leaves a lasting legacy.Danish LEGO designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen is responsible for creating the minifigure, one of the most beloved toys in the world.The LEGO minifigure stands only about an inch and a half tall – or in LEG…

A Giant Among Minifigures

Brilliant LEGO toy creator leaves a lasting legacy.Danish LEGO designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen is responsible for creating the minifigure, one of the most beloved toys in the world.The LEGO minifigure stands only about an inch and a half tall – or in LEG…

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An inside
look at why appraisers need to educate themselves on this important specialty.

By J. Mark Penny, ASA, ARM-BV, BV-IA

As practitioners, we may be asked to offer an opinion about
the quality of the appraisal or appraisal review w…

Gone Fishin’ for Fish Decoys

When I married my wife I had to get on board with her passion for folk art…and her unusual affinity for ice fishing spear decoys. I bit my tongue at the shocking price tags as we went to add to our budding collection. In the past twenty years, we ha…

Great Discoveries: Man Buys Rolex for $345 in 1974–“Antiques Roadshow” Appraisal Knocks Him off His Feet

The Rolex Oyster Cosmograph made in 1971. Photo: Meredith Nierman for WGBH

So, you’ve got a little extra jingle in your pocket, and you’re looking for a timepiece. Qualifications? It must be rated for scuba diving. Oh, and it wouldn’t be so bad if it…

Quarantine Collectibles? YES!

Quarantine–a word we are hearing with amazing frequency due to COVID-19. What does it mean today, for our history and our future, and what about our collectibles and antiques?

I started wondering about this as the news was pouring in tonight about c…

You’re in Luck if You Have Any of These St. Patrick’s Day Collectibles

We decided to take a look at our Worthopedia® to see if there are many St. Patrick’s Day collectibles listed as sold over the past few years. When we put St. Patrick’s Day in our search bar, over 50,000 results came back! A multitude of items popped up…

Video Tour of Doris Day’s Home

Julien’s Auctions walks us through Doris Day’s home in her beloved Carmel, California, prior to a special auction event celebrating her amazing life.Doris Day and Cary Grant on the set of “That Touch of Mink.” Day was 46 when she left Hollywood for goo…

Strategies Of A Thrift Store Junkie

Revenue for the thrift stores industry grew an annualized 2.3 percent to $10.2 billion over the last five years. It’s big business for sellers and buyers. Learn how to shop thrift stores for fun and profit from a certified thrift store junkie.My absolu…

Day Dreaming

Doris Day never wanted to be a movie star, yet she became one of Hollywood’s brightest. A Julien’s Auctions event provides a peek into her public and very private life.She was the girl next door. Or more likely, the girl you dreamed about living next d…

A Toast to Irish Things We Love

From Guinness and Riverdance to U2, James Joyce and Irish stew, many great things have come out of Ireland, and these are some of our favorites.This St. Patrick’s Day postcard features the famous Blackthorn walking sticks and several good-luck shamrock…

Cabbage Patch Kids

Near riots broke out in stores with the introduction of Cabbage Patch Kids, the ‘80s toy craze that was born to be a wild success with kids and adults alike.Young and old alike went wild for Cabbage Patch Kids. Police were even called into some stores …

Exin Castle Kits

Introduced in the late 1960s from Barcelona, Spain, Exin castle kits were remarkably detailed with working drawbridges, windows, knights, horses and were not only very cool but they provided everything builders needed to enjoy medieval fun.Exin Pendrag…

What’s Hot In Antique & Decorative Arts

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing, mid-century modern and vintage clothing are among the most popular areas for young and old buyers alike according to the Antique & Decorative Arts annual survey from the Asheford Institute of Antiques.Time …

Doris Day: 10 Things That Made Our Day

Doris Day was one of the most beloved entertainers of all time. Not only did she perform in 39 movies but she also had 30 top-20 singles, including the hits “Secret Love” from “Calamity Jane,” “Que Será, Será” from “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “Sent…

Gone in 10 Days…

…A short synopsis of an upcoming WorthPoint® book

The Seippel family bought the oldest house in the port of Kennebunk–a beautiful, historic residence (circa 1765) on the banks of Maine’s scenic Kennebunk River.

Turning a house into a home can take y…

Great Discoveries: 1776 Continental Dollar Bought at Flea Market for 56¢ Worth Nearly $100G

1776 Continental Dollar. Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Services

Flea market finds indeed! “A rare 1776 Continental dollar that was bought at a French flea market for less than $1 is worth nearly $100,000. The coin was purchased by a person …

From an Appraiser’s Diary: Everything New is Old Again

Watch out for “marriages” of different pieces when you shop for antiques. Here we have a “country couch” made from a Jenny Lind-style bed and an armchair.

Some say that selling antiques is the world’s second-oldest profession with the demand for anti…

Rinker on Collectibles: A Child’s Drawings, a Church Painting, Toy Blocks, and a What’s It that Stumps Even Harry!

A child’s drawings from between 1910-1915.

QUESTION: In cleaning out an estate, I discovered 80 pieces of a child’s artwork in an old postcard album. The geometric approach to many of the pictures appears to resemble that found on Pennsylvania German…

Old Soul Makes Vintage New Again

Brandi Rockwell, owner of Old Soul Millennial, has been drawn to throwback fashions, décor and music since she was a little girl, and now specializes in McCoy and Hall crockpots, cast iron skillets, Little Golden Books, Fisher Price and more.Brandi Roc…

Lost Purse Found After Six Decades

The purse offers a glimpse into the life of a teenager in 1957.Various items that were in Patti’s purse including lipstick, a ruler, comb, pencils and erasers.NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A purse lost by a girl 63 years ago has been found in the wall of a scho…

Henry Ford Museum Acquires Michael Graves’ Design Collection

The Henry Ford plans to create permanent and temporary exhibitions with the Graves’ Archive.Mickey Mouse Teakettle, designed by Michael Graves, 1995.DEARBORN, Mich. – During an impressive career spanning more than 50 years, designer Michael Graves clun…

Painting Sells For Almost $30 Million

The Splash is one of the most iconic Pop Art images of the Twentieth Century.LONDON — It was a thrilling night in London as Sotheby’s recent Contemporary Art Evening Auction saw a selection of iconic and powerful works go under the hammer, achieving a …

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The difference maker – top five reasons why you must attend the 2020 ASA International Conference!

The American Society of Appraisers’ 2020 ASA International Conference will be held October 11-13 at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL….

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This past February I had the opportunity to travel to Tucson
and a number of cities in Florida to talk and interact with gems & jewelry
professionals, equipment managers and event venue representatives.

The month started off with visit…

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Q&A with editors
of ASA’s new authoritative textbook on the theory and methodology of appraising
machinery, equipment, and technical assets.

Editor’s Note: ASA’s Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee recently announced the pu…

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The American Society of Appraisers’ Houston Chapter will host its 2020 Energy Valuation Conference on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston, Texas.

Event Chair Carol Akers Klug, Location Chair Paula Lindsey, Sponsor Ch…

History or Herstory, the Signs Are There

Who will end up with these signs? Will they be part of history or herstory? We’ll see. This General Federation of Women’s Clubs porcelain antique sign will be in the March 7th auction along with other historic signs.

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Great Discoveries: The “Holy Grail” of Star Wars Memorabilia Sells for $185K at Hake’s Auctions in York

The 3.75” Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype was up for sale at Hake’s Auctions this past October. Hake’s described the figurine as the “Holy Grail” of Star Wars toys and expected it to sell for as much as $250,000. (Photo: Neil Strebig, York D…

As Good As Advertised

Jerry Phelps world-class antique advertising collection is almost as impressive as his lifelong dream.Jerry and Imogene Phelps with a late-19th century carved wooden cigar store Indian, part of his 10,000-piece antique advertising collection.The proble…

Collector Relocates Man Cave

Writer details his long journey of letting go and downsizing his collection of baseball memorabilia.This and the next three photos show the new, downsized digs.One of the hardest things for a collector to do is “let go.” As a longtime columnist for Spo…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture at Taliesin Closing

The school, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will shutter in June at the end of the current school semester.Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.The architecture school that Frank Lloyd Wright started n…

Wealthy Victorians Flaunted Condiments in Beautiful, Functional Pickle Castors

It was considered the height of elegant dining to have a pickle castor on the table.Victorian spot-optic and enamel-decorated pickle castor, amberina with polychrome-enamel decoration, ovoid-form insert with cherries decoration, fitted into a quadruple…

‘Tiny Miracles of Beauty’: Vermont Farmer First to Capture Photos of Snowflakes in 1885

It is largely due to Wilson Bentley’s pioneering photomicrographs of snow crystals that the world became aware that no two are alike.One of a set of 10 Bentley photomicrographs of snowflakes, circa late 1890s-1920s, that sold as a set at Sotheby’s for …

Trivial Pursuit: ’80s Board Game Answered Our Need to Know

A game Time magazine once called “The biggest phenomenon in game history,” Trivial Pursuit was first conceived in 1979 by a couple of Canadians.Question: What cruelly tests a player’s grasp of inconsequential knowledge, outsold Monopoly in the 1980s an…

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The American Society of Appraisers’ Houston Chapter will host its 2020 Energy Valuation Conference on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston, Texas. Event Chair Carol Akers Klug, Location Chair Paula Lindsey, Sponsor Chair …

Joy of Collecting Toy Vehicles Leads to Creation of Mini Museum

Considering that Ken Muller has been collecting these vehicles for the past 20-25 years, and has around 4,000 to 5,000 of them, creating a mini museum is pretty easy to do.Dump trucks, farm tractors, bulldozers and plenty more vehicles line shelves in …

Perfume Bottles Trending at Ruby Lane

Perfume bottles, with their elegant curves and light-refracting facets, are reminders of more luxurious eras. A delight for collectors, discover a bevy of beautiful bottles at Ruby Lane.No one knows for sure when humans first rubbed themselves with nic…

Farewell, Mr. Peanut

Planters’ 104-year-old mascot Mr. Peanut may be gone, but he will live on in the land of antiques and collectibles.Mr. Peanut floats through the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.By now you likely know the…

Heritage Auctions Reports 2019 Sales of $824.7 Million

The auction house achieved strong results with many high-profile, world-record setting sales in several departments.The very first published Tintin cover ever offered at auction: The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, by He…

Some fresh eBay finds

      It’s been too long since I wrote anything on the blog,  apologies  sometimes you become busy and time slips by.       If your a steady reader of the blog you will know I have a love/ hate relationship with eBay.   It’s the source of some of my be…

Exploring Costume Jewelry Basics

During the 1930s and ‘40s it was considered junk jewelry. But today, as Pamela Wiggins Siegel explains, costume jewelry is loved by collectors as “sparkling treasures.” Fun and affordable, costume jewelry offers an inexpensive means to make any fashion…

Love At First Slope

After more than two decades, Nicholas Lowry’s long-term romance with travel posters continues to sizzle at Swann Auction Galleries.Nicholas LowryNicholas Lowry has his hands full.It’s Take-Your-Dog-To-Work Day at Swann Auction Galleries and Lowry, the …

Ephemera of love: Treat that special someone to a vintage valentine

Many collectors enjoy hunting for vintage cards and postcards every Valentine’s Day that have original romantic sentiments, as well as beautiful artwork.Often the same price or even less than a Hallmark card, vintage Valentine cards and postcards offer…